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Sir Tom Finney: A Life in Pictures

Tom Finney spent his entire footballing career with his home town club Preston North End for whom he played 433 league games, scoring 187 goals.  'Good players always want to play for the best clubs', he recalled 'and there are some, like me, who only want to play for one club.  I was a bit of a rarity back then too'.  Although he won no medals as a player, Finney was voted the Footballer of the Year in both 1954 and 1957.  

Finney also played 76 times for England and scored 30 goals, making him his country’s leading scorer up to that time.  As Sir Bobby Charlton points out in his foreword to this book 'The fact he won his first cap just one month after making his debut for Preston North End gives you an idea just how good a footballer he was'.

Finney demonstrated great versatility, playing in all the orthodox positions of the day for Preston and appearing for England at right-wing, left-wing and centre-forward.  Naturally left footed Finney practiced with his right and could boast an explosive shot with either.  He had speed, great balance, incisive passer and, despite his lack of height, an awesome header of  a ball. 

In 1960 Finney accepted medical advice and retired.  His last game against Luton was an emotional affair, as the crowd sang Auld Lang Syne.  Finney’s importance to Preston was underlined by the fact that they were relegated the following season and have never reached the top flight since.  According to Tommy Docherty: 'Tom was the best ever.  Bestie maybe was close to him, but he was a better player than Matthews. He could play equally as well at outside-right or outside-left.  He was different class - you couldn't buy him today'.

This beautifully illustrated book draws on the extensive photographic archives of the Lancashire Evening Post to chart the life and times of one of world football's greatest players.  It offers a fascinating insight into Finney's life both on and off the pitch - a must for football fans everywhere!

To order a copy of this book why not visit Breedon Books website at www.breedonbooks.co.uk